The Hound Barks: Oklahoma Gets Ready for Breathalyzers

Last week the Oklahoma State Legislature earmarked $300,000 to pay for a pilot program to test out marijuana breathalyzers.  The cash allocation assures the Oklahoma will be one of the first states to use the new drug test technology. Under the terms of the pilot program, the results of a

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Drug Testing in the United States – A Short History –

Part One There was a time not long ago when the idea of the government compelling any American citizen to take a random suspicionless drug test was unthinkable. Pre-employment drug screens by a private employer do not challenge the Constitution – if you don’t want to take a drug test

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My Long-Lost Interview With Jack Herer Part 2

This transcript is excerpted from a longer conversation mostly concerned with the details of the emerging hemp industry, circa 1995. Most of this talk has grown cold, but I’ve preserved Jack’s comments on the founding of the Hemp Industries Association earlier that year.  The HIA is still in business and

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My Long-Lost Interview With Jack Herer Part 1

Preface:  Recently, while working on another project, I found my long-lost interview with the legendary marijuana activist Jack Herer.   Jack, of course, is one of the most important figures in the history of marijuana legalization; perhaps The most important figure. His classic muckrake, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, now in

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The Cleaving

I have a small Christmas tradition. I don’t drive and dragging the presents home each year is aways an issue, so I shop throughout the season at the small downtown boutiques that cater to my daughter’s oddball tastes and, as I’ve become friends with these retailers over the years, I

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Just a NORML Day – Busted with Keith Stroup, Part 3

Part III:  “Rosa Parks” (continued from Part II) Keith and I were like a couple of giddy school boys who just got out of the principals office.  The whole thing was so surreal. We cut back into the park and returned to the booth like conquering heroes.  Questions and answers

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Just a NORML Day – Busted with Keith Stroup, Part 2

Part II: Breakfast… (continued from Part I) I distinctly remember feeling relaxed and unintimidated as the young cop led us into a large yellow tent marked “POLICE”.  Things were just getting started. The first busts of the day were just coming in and, as we were among them, our gray

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The Bishop

I. When I was twenty-four years old I had the great fortune to marry my best friend. If you find that kind of love once in your life, however qualified or brief, you are blessed beyond words forever. Bridget was my running buddy for years, my wing woman when I

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